Department of Human Ecology
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Karen O'Neill is a political and historical sociologist who studies land and water policy. She is currently working on several projects about policy and climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, including case studies of small municipalities' efforts to recover, landscape designs for HUD's Rebuild by Design program, and a co-edited book that will consider whether Sandy is transforming institutional practices in the U.S. and Caribbean. She has written a book on the origins of the U.S. program for river flood control and co-edited a book on race and Hurricane Katrina.